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December 8, 2014 3:14 pm

Speculation Concerning Israeli Pre-Emptive Strike on Iranian Nuclear Facilities Emerges as U.S. Privately Accuses Tehran of ‘Cheating’

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Speculation that Israel will launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities has emerged in the Israeli press, following the failure of international negotiators to reach a deal on the Tehran regime’s nuclear program by the agreed date of November 24.

Israeli website NRG says that in the event that current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wins the next parliamentary elections in March 2015, he will face the “difficult dilemma” of whether to strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities in June, one month before the next deadline for an agreement.

NRG emphasizes that the decision will be a fraught one, especially as military action is highly unlikely to gain the support of the Obama Administration, which regards a deal with Iran as vital to its political legacy. However, many Arab states, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia, are deeply unhappy with the American-led negotiations, as they too regard the weaponization of Iran’s nuclear program as an existential threat.

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The NRG piece also quoted former leading Mossad official Haim Tomer as saying that the period leading up to July is the best time to increase sanctions on Iran, and not to reduce them. “The sanctions are being very effective, especially because of the drop in oil prices, and the economic collapse of Iran will force Iran to give up her dream,” Tomer said.

The talk of possible Israeli action – last seriously considered in 2011, before the current round of negotiations began – coincides with the revelation published in Foreign Policy by journalist Colum Lynch that Washington has “privately accused Iran of going on an international shopping spree to acquire components for a heavy-water reactor that American officials have long feared could be used in the production of nuclear weapons-grade plutonium.”

Lynch said that the White House has so far not acknowledged its displeasure with the Iranians publicly. But, Lynch said, the current objections “stand in stark contrast to recent remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry, who has repeatedly credited Tehran with abiding by the terms of the November 2013 pact, which bound Tehran to suspend some of its work at the Arak heavy-water reactor. ‘Iran has held up its end of the bargain,’ Kerry said last month in Vienna as he announced a seven-month extension of the timetable for big-power talks.”

Lynch observed: “The allegation is also sure to add to the mounting congressional unease over the administration’s ongoing talks with Tehran. Many lawmakers from both parties believe that the White House is making too many concessions to Tehran to cement a deal that it sees as central to the president’s legacy. With the GOP slated to take over the Senate next month, Iran hawks like Arizona Republican John McCain and Illinois Republican Mark Kirk are already promising to push through a new package of economic sanctions, a move that the White House believes would scupper the delicate talks with Tehran. Both men are likely to see the new U.N. allegations as proof that Tehran simply can’t be trusted to abide by the terms of a future deal.”

Separate research by the Institute for Science and International Security also documents a possible Iranian violation of its commitment to freeze its centrifuge research and development (R&D) program under the “Joint Plan of Action” (JPOA) agreed in Geneva last November.  Restrictions on centrifuge R&D were tightened under the recent extension of the JPOA.

Commenting on the latest revelations, Rep Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced: “This regime is proving to be a determined cheater, showing no willingness to accept an effective verification regime. Despite Iran’s deceit and intransigence, the Administration’s optimistic talk goes on.  We are on our second negotiations extension. Iran is not addressing our fundamental verification and enrichment concerns. It is well beyond time for more sanctions pressure.”

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  • elle

    That has all ways been Netanyahu’s problem.He is to slow or he is un willing
    To make the hard decision .May be the internal pressure on him not to strike
    Is to great,that most probably is the case ,but that is not a reason not to take
    The right decision and take the necessary action against Iran.
    Keep in mind,once that bell is rung there is no going back ,meaning Iran getting the Bomb.There is no one that will dare take any military action against them.
    Just look at N/K .

  • Ridding himself, as Netanyahu did, of those in his cabinet who could get on the way of “taking-out” Iran’s nuclear works may be a step that the Israeli Prime Minister took in order to pave the road for attacking Iran’s nukes.
    Netanyahu has at his disposal a number of state-of-the-art submarines that can “lob” missiles on Iran nuke-works from the Gulf (Al-Sissy will allow the use of the Suez in order to get there;) the Israeli PM also has advanced air-crafts that the Arab states, led by the Saudis, have already tacitly given the Israelis permission to use its air space on the way to Iran, and finally “on the ground” covert operative in Iran…
    Will Netanyahu wait to the March election, or for the next phase of the so-called “negotiations”? Or, will Israel pull a surprise attack while the world is occupied with DAESH, the Ukraine, al Qaeda, the internal serious issues that the US is struggling with?
    It is fair to assume that since President Obama is too intimidated by Iran, or anything Muslim, the tiny Israel may be the only way to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power; will Israel be tanked for stopping Iran? Or, will the international community condemn Israel, as it usually does when Israel confront its enemies, those who are out to destroy it?

  • DockyWocky

    So, Netanyahu “will face the “difficult dilemma” of whether to strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities in June, one month before the next deadline for an agreement.”

    Why does Netanyahu have to wait until June? Everyone knows the Iranians are cheating 100 percent of the time and that Kerry, as front man for Barack al-Obama, has just succeeded in giving the Iranians more time to cheat more, buy more necessary materials, and achieve their goal of the Iranian Bomb.

    I believe that Netanyahu’s “difficult dilemma,” is why is waiting any longer going to solve anything?

    • Jack Cowan

      Anti semitism is here to stay….one Holocaust is one too many!

      If Iran gets nuclear weapons then goodbye Israel.

      If the world is prepared to standby and see the end of Israel then I say strike first and “worry” about world opinion……….we Jews are always condemned and if by chance we ever have been or will be praised the support will ALWAYS be short lived.

  • . Where is our President Obama as our foreign policy has turned into a complete disaster.

    Video of Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg SAYS: President Obama, You Have Some Nerve:.

    Video is on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig8c795KymA

    Another holocaust is possible. If it happened once it can happen again. Thank G-d we have Israel. We need to do everything possible to keep Israel militarily strong. Jews get out of Europe. There can be no compromise regarding Israel nor can we depend on the good will of others. This unfortunately is a lesson that many Jews have never learned. Never forget, never forgive never again. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  • Guy

    Israel must smash the centrifuges in Iran – The longer you wait, the worse things will be

    Iran must be stopped at any cost – Russia will not interfere but the Yanks will – Whilst the Obama Muslim is in the WH. What a disgrace on the U.S. America – they have given their once great States to the Third World

  • CSBG

    What Netanyahu must do in preparation is to educate the American People as to the Iranian practices and beliefs, stressing how they differ in their vast horrid, human rights
    practices we consider crimes, its lack of Freedoms and suppression of woman, etc.,
    the reasonit wants the bomb , for what, and the consequences of Iran obtaining the bomb for Europe, the Middle East, and Israel, and the Far East. Please, understand how sorely lacking in knowledge of Iran the Americans and Europeans are. An aggressive ad campaign can be introduced through many high-tech outlets and vehicles, the print press , radio, speeches, whatever and wherever such information can be imparted. It’s past time Israel learns to promote its case!

  • CSBG

    What Netanyahu must do in preparation is to educate the American People as to the Iranian practices and beliefs, stressing how they differ in their vast horrid, human rights
    practices we consider crimes, its lack of Freedoms and suppression of woman, etc.,
    the reasonit wants the bomb , for what, and the consequences of Iran obtaining the bomb for Europe, the Middle East, and Israel, and the Far East. Please, understand how sorely lacking in knowledge of Iran the Americans and Europe are. An aggressive ad campaign can be introduced through many high-tech outlets and vehicles, the print press , radio, speeches, whatever and wherever such information can be imparted. it’s past time Israel learns to promote its case!

  • steven L

    IL has nothing to do with this. The US are warning Iran and the Syrian opposition is trying to shield the US! Well done.
    The mullah does not care since he believes that war is off the table. Pr. Obama has done everything so far to convince him.
    Is our Pr in the land of Oz? Conceding nukes to chronic cheaters will leave the Pr with the WORST possible legacy.

  • Julian Clovelley

    As a result of your kind of rhetoric David I had to grow up in England in an environment where our life expectancy from nuclear incineration was ninety seconds. That was the flight time of a missile fired from a Russian submarine in the North Sea.

    During the Cuba crisis that was particularly disturbing. At that time there were several hundred nuclear armed aircraft in the air at any given moment, and there were the ICBMs in silos throughout America, and missile bases and nuclear bombers in the UK and throughout Europe

    I had no desire to bomb Moscow even in “retaliation” – to me nuclear assured destruction was the policy of the psychopath. What was also worrying is that the de facto military confrontations continued in areas such as South East Asia – and at a time when China was herself building up nuclear capacity. Any could have triggered disaster

    Your ideas David seem to totally ignore the reality that there already is an Islamic nuclear capacity in Pakistan. It also ignores the existence of diplomatic relationships between Iran and nuclear powers other than America. Your military solution is impossible. We need rather to de-escalate and restore dialogue.

    That in turn requires stepping back from weeping sores in relationships with potentially hostile nations – the most obvious such sore on the Israeli side being the occupation and settlement of the West Bank, and the continuing blockade of Gaza. The Occupation, the Settlements, and the Blockade must go – it is merely a question of how this can best be carried out to Israeli’s advantage, in a stabilisation of recognition of her right to exist. Reaching such a stable situation is hardly helped by Zionist demands to create an Apartheid Jewish State.

    I don’t know where you are writing from David. But see what you can do in ninety seconds – could you reach a shelter and seal the entry in that time? – I rather doubt if you could open and close the shelter door that quickly. Do you have the capacity to nurse your burnt, blinded and bleeding loved ones as they pas through the stages of terminal radiation sickness? – And you may well be similarly injured

    But there is another issue – that of the murder of the innocent, the maiming of people for their entire lives. Have you ever met ordinary Iranian/Persian people? They are mostly as kind and generous and hospitable as any Israeli, American, or European

    Humanity most of all needs time to evolve – especially to complete the recovery from the major conflicts of the twentieth century. We need to stop talking as if Pearl Harbour was yesterday rather than almost three quarters of a century ago. The rhetoric of the time has no place in a nuclear armed age. The bravado when extended into the mentality of the military would be suicidal for all of us on this delicately balanced planet.

    Ninety seconds – that is where your rhetoric takes us David – not even time to make a cup of tea or to fetch the glasses and the bottle and pour and imbibe a parting drink. And all to pander to the insanity of the psychotically violent.

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    To think that we are stuck with this puerile individual in teh White House boggles the mind. I like the Parliamentary system better where the screwup can be dumped in an early election.

  • tom tuey

    What? Who’s out to kill who? When? Where ?in
    Norvay? Rockefeller is the un? Start over I lostu somewhere between the paperclip and the bar
    stool…..

  • Dan

    I’ll have 100mg of whatever that guy just took.

  • shloime

    the danger from iran will not be solved by breaking their (dangerous) toys – they can always rebuild and try again.

    the only, safe, solution is to remove the mullahcracy from power. but the current potus is unlikely to commit american resources to any such operation.

  • Rick

    I wonder why, if Egypt and the Sauds believe Iranian Nukes are an existential threat … why does Israel have to strike Iran alone? why not a joint action?

  • david

    Time to unleash their nukes on Iran and warn Russia/the UN to stay away. Bibi is their best PM ever and knows how to play much better Chess than almost anyone. Just hope Israel saves some for the Vatican/Church, Europe,Scandinavians that truly started it all! The Uber corrupt Rockefeller UN is truly the leader/head of their Snake that was designed to ” fail” with his/CIA Operation Paperclip that allowed about 150K of non ” Scientists” into America/ S.America,Europe with the Church/Red Cross helping them all to escape! Just look at Norway alone paying the PLO/Hamas to teach their young children how to hate,boycott/ kill the Jews using the same UN printed books as the truly invented and fake ” Pallistinians ” they truly are. That’s why so many of their kids were killed on their” secret” Island by Brevnik. Yep, these are the exact same fake ” humanitarians” that millions died fighting against and are back…Once Again! I say our 75% of Commie ” Jewish-Americans are the biggest threats to Israel/ the world and guilty as charged! You bet they are out to get Israel and the 25% of real American-Jews just like before and…Once Again! Nobody counts us many million Drop- of- Blood ” Jews ” just like before and. Once Again!

    • TheAZCowBoy, Tombstone, AZ

      Sick MF’er, your type of ‘Spawn-of-Iblis’ DNA should have gone up in flames at the ‘camps!’

    • Expat in Asia

      From Expat in SE Asia

      Russia is not a enemy of Israel Obama is a enemy of Israel. God Bless Israel and all liberal leftists are a threat to Israel and the rest of the world

    • Robert Davis

      David : you are right in part but bibi is not so clever as you think. I would say 90% of the anti-Israel PR and politics we have today is due to ISRAELIPOLITICIANS supported by the Israeli left wing over the years and bibi is not SO DIFFERENT AS YOU THINK. His PERSONNAL recognition of “Palestine” set off the worse anti Israel campaign in particul by EBOLAbama! He would not have been so aggressive against Israel if he did not think he was getting close to his dream of destroying Israel! The Israeli PM whoever he is HAS THE POSSINILITY to change the geopolitical map by expelling arabs and what does this fool do? he recognizes “Palestine”. He is the last of Israel’s FOOLISH POLITICIANS. Such a…chess player!He looks backwards not forward,he is not a chess player but a…french general!

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